A new survey on the state of internet security has found a large increase in malware and suggested that a new PC is infected every 4.6 seconds.
The Symantec report, which covers 2009, highlighted a number of trends across the year, one of which is the shift in malicious activity to emerging countries.
Another major trend was the increase in availability of DIY toolkits such as Zeus that allowed novice hackers to carry out cyber crime.
Overall the United States was the country with the highest levels of malicious activity. The UK came sixth in the chart, down from fourth place the year before.
Marc Liron – Microsoft MVP